MSC Cruises to offer new sailings from the Spanish Canary Islands for Winter 2024-25

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – MSC Cruises will base a ship in the Canary Islands for the first time. Sailings will start during the winter 2024-2025 season and are now available for booking, the company announced.

MSC Opera will operate 7-night itineraries with six ports of call between Nov. 3, 2024 and March 16, 2025. The ship will depart Santa Cruz de Tenerife in Tenerife for Las Palmas in Gran Canaria, Puerto del Rosario in Fuerteventura, Funchal in Madeira, Santa Cruz de la Palma in La Palma and Arrecife in Lanzarote before returning to Tenerife.

The new itinerary also offers flexible embarkation options, including Santa Cruz de Tenerife on Sundays, Las Palmas on Mondays, Madeira for Funchal on Thursdays or Fridays and Arrecife on Saturdays.

Both itineraries will feature extended stays in ports to provide cruisers with ample time to enjoy everything each destination has to offer.

MSC Opera will visit a range of islands in the Canaries and the Portuguese island of Madeira. Guests will be able to immerse themselves in each destination’s unique culture, striking landscapes and captivating attractions, while taking advantage of a warm and relaxing climate, perfect for sightseeing and soaking up sun during the winter months.

The Canary Islands are easily accessible with regular international flights to Gran Canaria and Tenerife.

The new itinerary replaces MSC Opera’s previously planned winter 2024-2025 season in the Red Sea, which was cancelled in light of the current risk to shipping in that region.

About MSC Opera

MSC Opera offers a variety of gourmet dining options, including two main restaurants with an array of Mediterranean and international cuisine, plus a range of bars and lounges to suit every preference.

Whether guests are trying their luck in the Med Pearl Casino, relaxing at the pool, enjoying a show in the Teatro dell’Opera, or browsing boutiques, there’s never a dull moment on board.

Dedicated play areas are also available for kids of all ages, including an exciting splash pad, while teens can enjoy virtual reality gaming and their own exclusive clubs.

There are plenty of options for fitness and relaxation on board including a gym powered by Technogym, a walking track, minigolf, shuffleboard and the MSC Aurea Spa, with offerings including massages and treatments as well as a thermal area, complete with a steam room and sauna.

Funchal, Portugal

Destination highlights include:

The capital city of Gran Canaria in the Canary Islands is an idyllic vacation destination filled with diverse culture, historical heritage and gorgeous beaches. The city boasts attractions like Las Canteras, the world-famous beach known for its crystal-clear waters, the Casa de Colón, a museum highlighting the history of the Canary Islands, as well as the city’s picturesque historical quarter, Vegueta, where the cobblestone streets offer a glimpse into the city’s past.
The vibrant capital city of Lanzarote is a natural paradise and a must-visit destination in the Canary Islands, known for its volcanic landscapes, beautiful beaches and rich cultural heritage. Some key sights include Castillo de San Gabriel, the impressive ancient fortress and home of Arrecife’s history museum, the charming Charco San Ginés lagoon with its many fishing houses and an array of bars and restaurants, as well as Timanfaya National Park, located outside of the city on the island.
Celebrated for its world-famous carnival, breathtaking landscapes, beautiful beaches and historical landmarks, Santa Cruz de Tenerife is the port capital of Tenerife, the largest of Spain’s seven Canary Islands. There are a range of incredible sights including the Plaza de Espana, and the striking white wave auditorium and architectural marvel, the Auditorio de Tenerife. In proximity to the city is El Teide National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where the impressive volcanic Mount Teide is located.
The enchanting capital of Portuguese island Madeira is famed for its picturesque bay, charming historic streets, renowned Madeira wine and world-class botanical gardens. Well-known attractions include the city’s Zona Velha historical center, the enchanting Madeira Botanical Garden, and the nearby Cabo Girão, one of the highest cliffs in Europe.
The capital of Fuerteventura in the Canary Islands offers a wealth of attractions for visitors, famed for its artistic streets adorned with sculptures and art. Whether it’s strolling through the lively harbor brimming with shops and restaurants or visiting beautiful nearby beaches, there’s an array of experiences to enjoy. The town also serves as a gateway to Fuerteventura’s stunning natural landscapes and sites, including the famous Corralejo sand dunes.
The capital city of La Palma in the Canary Islands captivates visitors with its stunning blend of historical and natural attractions. From strolling the picturesque city’s cobblestone streets and admiring the architecture in the Plaza España, dating back to the Renaissance, to visiting key landmarks such as the 16 century El Salvador Church, this destination offers guests rich and varied experiences for all. The city is also a great starting point to discover the island’s awe-inspiring sites including the Caldera de Taburiente National Park, known for its dramatic volcanic crater and lush forests.

The article MSC Cruises to offer new sailings from the Spanish Canary Islands for Winter 2024-25 first appeared in TravelDailyNews International.

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